A Sherman man indicted for the 2017 Halloween murder at Allen Plumbing in Denison will go on trial this 7 days. Tyrone Dewayne Sommers, 51, is the second individual to encounter murder charges in Robert Allen’s death.
Again in October of 2018, Sommers was recognized by the Denison Law enforcement Section as the suspect in the Oct. 31, 2017 capturing demise of Allen.
Allen’s overall body was observed within his relatives business Allen Plumbing after police responded to a call about shots fired at that place. The Dallas County Professional medical Examiner’s Office environment dominated Allen’s loss of life a murder.
Data introduced by the Grayson County District Attorney’s Business office at the time of Sommers’ arrest mentioned Allen was killed when Sommers was committing an aggravated assault or lethal conduct and although Sommers was trying to flee from committing or making an attempt to dedicate a felony.
Before this yr, Allen’s grandchild’s father Timothy Barnum was convicted of murder and sentenced to lifestyle in prison after jurors found that he established up the killing.
In that demo, the prosecution mentioned Barnum preferred Allen dead mainly because Barnum thought Allen to be the driving power behind the felony charges Barnum faced with regard to Allen’s daughter and at the rear of her refusal to enable Barnum see his child.
In the 15th point out district court Monday, Decide Jim Fallon presided in excess of the 1st jury trial to be held in that courtroom due to the fact the pandemic began as Assistant Grayson County District Attorney Kerye Ashmore instructed jurors the state options to prove that Sommers conspired with Barnum to eliminate Allen, possessed the gun that killed Allen and then disposed of that gun.
Ashmore mentioned they don’t have a ton of witnesses to the conversations that took position in which Barnum and Sommers talked about killing Allen, but they do have cell phone data that confirm that Sommers was in the area close to Allen Plumbing on the night time Allen died. They also have statements that equally Barnum and Sommers designed to others immediately after the killing that implicate them selves and every single other.
Sommers’ lawyer Jeromie Oney told jurors to pay out interest to the specifics in the situation and to the things that some of the witnesses say because in his view, their stories have modified a variety of situations since they very first begun conversing to police. He pointed out that one of the state’s witnesses, Barnum’s father, perjured himself, and then was presented a offer to testify towards Barnum and Sommers to make these charges go away.
Oney explained the residence that the point out contends his shopper bought for killing Allen is not in his client’s name or possession. He also told them that the human being who has presently been convicted of the crime has shown in the earlier that he is not afraid to shoot a person for the reason that he shot his have father.
The 1st witness to testify Monday was Robert Allen’s wife Stacy who talked about getting him lifeless on the floor at Allen Plumbing on that Halloween night in 2017.
The demo ongoing Tuesday.